REALTORS® Celebrate Illinois Bicentennial

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Illinois REALTORS® celebrating
state's Bicentennial with service

Illinois REALTORS® are planning projects across the state — from Rockford and McHenry in the north, throughout Chicagoland, Central and Southern Illinois — including “adopting” a historic home or property in our local REALTOR® association communities as well as downtown Springfield, in the block shared by the Illinois REALTORS® headquarters. 

REALTORS® are partnering with local community groups and state and local agencies to identify and develop the projects. The association is a partner with the Illinois Bicentennial Commission, which oversees the state's plans for the milestone birthday.

“Illinois REALTORS®, working with heart in every community” underscores how REALTORS® are leaders in their local communities, supporting local charities and causes, promoting economic development and a strong economy all while helping real estate buyers and sellers achieve the American Dream.  

The Illinois REALTORS® Bicentennial Task Force is the organizing committee for this effort. 


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Working with heart statewide

Illinois REALTORS® has members in more than two dozen local associations working on projects in their communities. Local associations have committed to adopting a historic property in their area, providing funds for needed upgrades and even providing the labor to make these state landmarks stand out for the 200th birthday.

The effort is yet another way Illinois REALTORS® work with heart in local communities. 

These REALTOR® organizations
have adopted historic properties

  • Illinois REALTORS®
    - Build the Bicentennial Plaza — A REALTOR® Community Partnership
    - Official partner with the Illinois Bicentennial Commission, which oversees the state’s plans for the milestone birthday.
    - Donated more than $50,000 to the Executive Mansion renovation project in Springfield. 
  • Belvidere Board of REALTORS®: Support for program to restore and add murals to Belvidere; provide teaching resources for the Boone County Historical Museum.
  • Capital Area REALTORS®: Improvements at the Edwards Place historic home in Springfield.
  • Champaign County Association of REALTORS®: Offering free admission for a day at the Orpheum Chilren's Science Museum. 
  • Danville Area Board of REALTORS®: Sponsorship of the City of Danville’s Lincoln Belief Mural.
  • Greater Gateway Association of  REALTORS®: Partner with City of Alton and Haskell House Foundation to convert the historic home into a children’s museum.
  • Heartland REALTOR® Organization: Working with 6-7 local historical sites to help push traffic to local events in 2018.
  • Hometown Association of REALTORS®: Air conditioning for the Egyptian Theatre in DeKalb; repairs to the Ronald Reagan Home in Dixon.
  • Illini Valley Association of REALTORS®: Painting of historic murals on buildings in downtown Streator.
  • Kankakee-Iroquois-Ford Association of REALTORS®: Support the B. Harley Bradley House in Kankakee, a Frank Lloyd Wright-designed home, built in 1901.
  • Livingston County Board of REALTORS®: Historical landscaping for the Strevell House in Pontiac. 
  • Logan County Association of REALTORS®: Research, design and installation of a sign explaining the Lincoln Chautauqua. 
  • Mainstreet Organization of REALTORS®: Money to install LED lighting in the DuPage County Historical Museum; real estate record preservation for the Arlington Heights Historical Museum. 
  • Mid Valley Association of REALTORS®: Restoration work for a historic log cabin that may be the first built in the area. 
  • North Shore-Barrington Association of REALTORS®: Work with the Northbrook Historical Sociaety and Museum to restore the Hope Union Church. 
  • Oak Park Association of REALTORS®: Support for restoration of the Frederick C. Robie House, which was designed by Frank Lloyd Wright. 
  • Peoria Association of REALTORS®: Grounds improvement to the Pettengill-Morron House which was built in 1868; restoration work for the LeTourneau home, an all-steel dwelling built after World War I. 
  • Quad City Association of REALTORS®: Painting a mural on buildings at Blackhawk Historical Park.
  • Quincy Association of REALTORS®: Support for a Quincy Museum Kids Summer Tour which would allow 333 kids free admission.
  • REALTOR® Association of the Fox Valley: Maintenance projects, sign repair for the garfield Farm Museum, an 1840s era living history farm. 
  • REALTOR® Association of Northwestern Illinois: Working with local partners to restore historic sites such as a train depot and a park. 
  • REALTOR® Association of Southwestern Illinois: Holding an open house at the dedication of a historic home in St. Clair County. 
  • Rockford Area REALTORS®: Covering entry fees for tourist attractions in several area counties during several summer months.
  • Three Rivers Association of REALTORS®: Provide scanning equipment for document preservation for local historic societies. 
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Show your pride as you work to celebrate the Bicentennial in your community! Illinois REALTORS® Bicentennial Store has supplies you need to share the excitement. Among items for sale: 

  • T-shirts
  • Banners
  • Decals
  • Yard signs

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Illinois REALTORS Bicentennial Facebook

#REALTORSWorking
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About the Illinois REALTORS Bicentennial Task Force


Local Project & "Seed Money" Grant Form

State of Illinois Bicentennial Facebookwebsite #Illinois200 #Illinoisproud

Illinois Bicentennial Coordinating Commitee of Springfield


Media resources

Promoting your Bicentennial events, a guide

Essay Contest Toolkit - coming Summer 2017

Coloring Contest Toolkit - coming late 2017